I definitely feel worse if I sit too much (especially my legs, knees and back
). When it comes to lying down, it's the best thing to do when I'm badly fatigued and the worse thing to do when I can putter around and tackle tasks.
Maintaining one's abilities with ME/CFS requires a balancing act - not too much sitting or lying around as much as not too much physical or mental exertion. Getting this just right (and a few other things
) helped me go from serious to moderate, and for this I am all so thankful.
- I used to wake up with migraines (often at 1 a.m., other times closer to dawn
) more days than not, but 80% of that stopped when my bedroom got a deep-clean and I put anti-dustmite covers on my pillows and mattress (less than a $75 investment
). Give it a try - you may be sensitive to dust mites! I still wake up with occasional migraines due to neck position and in generalized pain which I handle with stretching, getting up slowly (like you
) and eating breakfast (getting my blood sugar up helps
), but my quality of life is soooooo much better.
When it comes to good mentors for movement, we don't have to look a lot farther than our dogs. Yes, dogs get everything they can out of a good nap, but they are also quick to get moving, to move on socially and psychologically. We as humans would do well to do the same (as best as we can
)! When we stop moving, negative effects on our bones, musculature, homeostasis and psychology tend to perpetuate. This is why physical therapy becomes more important the more time we spend lying down. Even if we don't have the strength to sit up and move our limbs ourselves, having someone else assist several times a day is pivotal to our circulation, muscle health, daily detoxification (respiratory, hepatic, GI, renal & dermal
) and mental health.